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Disease Intervention Specialist - Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #12552
Posted: May 7, 2018
Description:
NOTE: Position is open until filled with first review of applicants on May 25, 2018.  Top applicants will be invited via email to the first round of interviews for Tuesday June 5, 2018.

Under the direction of the Communicable Disease (CD) Program Supervisor, or designee, incumbent will be responsible for testing high-risk clients for viral hepatitis, educating clients on disease risks and prevention strategies, and referring hepatitis-positive individuals to medical homes for further evaluation and care.  Incumbent collects data through client interviews and notifiable condition reports, documents data, and assists with disease surveillance and analysis of case information.

The incumbent coordinates education and outreach to provide viral hepatitis testing and referral to individuals who inject drugs at Snohomish County corrections facilities, the Snohomish County Syringe Exchange, and other locations as determined by the WA State Department of Health (DOH) or Snohomish Health District (SHD).  The incumbent collaborates with the communicable disease surveillance and response staff and SHD epidemiologist to perform surveillance activities of hepatitis cases reported to SHD.

Work is performed under limited supervision requiring independent judgment and discretion. The Assistant Director sets the overall objectives and resources available.  The incumbent and supervisor work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  Incumbent keeps supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, timeliness and efficiency, partner indexes and limited negative outcomes.

 

 

 Examples of Work Performed:
  • Provides confidential counseling, testing, and referral services for high-risk individuals in the Snohomish County corrections, Needle Exchange, and other settings as determined by WA State Department of Health (DOH) or Snohomish Health District.
  • Collects appropriate specimens for hepatitis testing.
  • Interprets laboratory results for hepatitis tests.
  • Collects and documents client data including hepatitis lab results, disease trends and risks.
  • Collaborates with epidemiologist to review and analyze client data.
  • Collaborates with DOH and providers to improve targeted viral hepatitis testing and referrals for treatment.
  • Provides consultation to other SHD staff on viral hepatitis issues.
  • In collaboration with the Communicable Disease surveillance and response staff, perform surveillance and follow-up of hepatitis reports received through laboratories or physicians as a notifiable condition.
  • Supports other SHD staff with disease investigation work when surge capacity is needed.
  • Participates in local or state public health meetings or other local partner meetings as appropriate.
Associated Duties:
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

 Qualifications:
Education and Experience Required:
  • Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in a health related field such as biology, microbiology, chemistry, counseling, psychology, behavioral science, public health, social science, health education or nursing. 
  • Experience: One year experience working in Viral Hepatitis, STD or HIV program or other closely related programs.
Or: In place of the above experience requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.

Licenses, Certifications and Other:
  • Phlebotomist Certification or ability to successfully complete alternative on venipuncture training on the job within six months will be substituted for a valid nursing license to perform venipuncture in Washington State.
  • Ability to obtain clearance to work in jail/detention facility setting.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and a driving record which meets the requirements of Snohomish Health District’s insurance carrier
  • Background check pursuant to RCW 43.43.830

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